teaching is for superheroes!

This isn't your average teaching book. With a fun, comic-book-inspired layout, Teaching is for Superheroes! skips the information overload and gives you practical action steps for igniting enthusiasm in your K-12 classroom and achieving your professional goals. Now more than ever, teachers are in high demand—yet the threat of burnout still looms large. This book will help you keep the spark alive, engaging you in a deeper examination of education by way of entertaining superhero archetypes and tropes. What’s your teaching origin story? Your secret identity? Your powers, weaknesses, nemeses? The teachers-as-superheroes metaphor provides a rich venue through which you can thoughtfully analyze your purpose and pedagogy.

This high quality, eye-catching book offers you an inspirational springboard for practical insight and application in the classroom. You’ll gain ideas for surviving your first year, navigating social media as a teacher, interacting productively with colleagues and parents, using tech in the classroom, prioritizing self-care, harnessing your teacher “superpowers,” and even dressing for teaching success. The school setting may not be as glamorous as the futurist skyscrapers, alien planets, or alternate universes we see in movies and comics. But the adventure is just as exciting—and best of all, it’s real!

Current and future K-12 educators—pick up Teaching is for Superheroes!, put on your cape, and start saving the world, one class at a time. 

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Teaching Tools


The Masked Teacher.

Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation.


What Zoom Reminded Me about Effective Teaching.

Ed Prep Matters, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).


“I Think You Mean . . .” Potential Perils of Teacher Paraphrasing and Alternative Responses for Student Engagement.

The Clearing House, 91(4-5), 201-211.



Teaching Science


Spoiler Alert! Avoiding Hazards to Science Inquiry and Classroom Creativity.

Science Scope, 45(1), 10-14.


Teaching the Nature of Science in a Post-COVID World.

The Clearing House, 95(2), 64-68.


Toying with the Periodic Table: Using Everyday Items to Investigate Classification and Properties of Matter.

Science Activities, 57(4), 175-182.


The “Marvel”-ous Nature of Science: Using Superhero Movies to Teach Methods and Values in Science.

The Science Teacher, 86(9), 20-25.



Teaching Research


Problems with the “Teacher Pipeline” – An Unfit Analogy for Finding (and Fostering) Future Educators.

Ed Prep Matters, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).


Effects of an Asynchronous Online Science Methods Course on Elementary Pre-Service Teachers’ Science Self-Efficacy.

(With Greg Novacek)

Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education, 21(3).


Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Ethical Student Evaluation Practices: Comparing Impact of Online and Face-to-Face Coursework.

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 28(4), 665-689.


Prospective Teachers’ Perceptions of Influential Teacher Qualities.

The Advocate, 23(6).

Recommended resources

Secret Invasions, Lost Technology, and 21st Century Learning Skills: How Black Panther Saved Wakanda Using the “Four Cs.” 

In J. Darowski (Ed.), The Ages of the Black Panther (166-181). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc.


Impulsive Students, Speedster Teachers, and Education in the 1990s.

In J. Darowski (Ed.), The Ages of the Flash (119-137). Jefferson, NC:

McFarland & Co., Inc.


Synergistic Teaching of Science to English Language Learners: Common Components of Model ELL and Science Instruction.

In D.W. Sunal, C.S. Sunal, & E.L. Wright (Eds.), Research in Science Education—Teaching Science with Hispanic ELLs in K-16 Classrooms (101-133). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.